As a mum of two, I know that parenting can often feel like an endless series of questions. Are they eating enough veg? Should they get more exercise? How can it take a human being that long to put on a pair of shoes?
Then there’s the issue of what our children do with their spare time. It’s tempting to fill up the hours with swimming lessons, ballet classes, football, and so on - and all those things are great - but kids need downtime too, just like the rest of us.
Now, no one wants to see their child stuck in front of a screen all day and it’s important the games kids do play are right for their age. All the same, our children are growing up in a digital era and video games are a great way to explore it.
Ultimately, it’s about moderation. In the same way ice cream is a great occasional treat, video games – along with all that good stuff like reading, playing outdoors, and making weird space rockets out of egg boxes – can form a key part of a balanced, healthy entertainment diet.
Games have moved on a bit since we were kids, though, so this Parent’s Guide is designed to explain how things work today.
The good news is this: it’s easier than ever to make sure your children safe online and enjoying the right kind of games. It’s not just about better graphics, either. These days, games offer a much wider range of experiences, placing more emphasis on creativity and exploration than hyper-realism or high scores.
The bit that really matters, though: games are fun. And they’re not just for kids - games are a brilliant way to come together as a family, share experiences, and have a laugh. So why not give it a go?